September 4, 2022

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the same way, every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:28). There is a cost for our discipleship. We must focus on total dedication; we must accept the call, have a realistic assessment of the hardships, and need to calculate the cost like starting to build a house or declare war. We must choose discipleship over our love for family, life itself, everything. We must carry our cross. Jesus, the Son of Man and the Son of God, has not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life for the ransom of the many (Matthew 20:28). Discipleship requires a total gift of oneself.

We must carry our cross (Luke 14:27). We may be ready to suffer once in a while, but doing so every day is martyrdom. And yet, that is what Christians are called to do, and it is how Jesus walked, lived, and died. “There’s got to be some rain sometime.”

Saint Peter Julian Eymard put it simply to Mrs. Franchet on August 8, 1851: This is the sure and necessary way: go to God by self-detachment, by the sacrifice of your whole life. Evangelical Holiness consists only in immolation, a holocaust, death, and life joined in love crucified and crucifying. Well, Madame, you know that God is calling you to him by this path. It is very steep, sometimes very thorny, very frightening. But how beautiful to the eyes of love was Jesus in that sad garden humiliated in Jerusalem, climbing Calvary in pain and letting himself be consumed there in love. Love is always a martyrdom, but the flame of sacrifice is always love. (Counsels for Spiritual Life p. 18, CO 250).

Let Us Pray:

Father, Jesus taught us that love is strength for the journey. May he come to us in bread broken and chalice poured out for our salvation. Amen.


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About Ernest Falardeau, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Ernest Falardeau has dedicated his life and ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. He served for many years as the Ecumenical Officer of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and now resides at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City.